Henry River Village Ghost Town, Hunger Games Film Location
Great news! A ghost town near Asheville is coming back to life. The Henry River mill village has been abandoned since the 1970s. It came back to life briefly for the filming of the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games in 2011, serving as Katniss’ home of District 12. Located about an hour east of Asheville along I-40 (near Morganton), the village is open for guided tours, special events, and in 2021 you can now stay in the fully restored house #12! (See below) Future plans include a restaurant, museum, and more restored homes as vacation rentals.
The village Company Store (pic above) served as Mellark’s Bakery in The Hunger Games. The movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Woody Harrelson, filmed nine days in Henry River. One of the mill houses was sacrificed during an explosion for the movie. While you can see parts of the village from the main road, come for a closer look during special events below.
The Henry River Preservation Fund non-profit group is holding events and giving tours to raise money to preserve the village. The store (pic above) and a house or two will be open for a peek inside. There are plans to transform the store into a restaurant that will feature recipes from the village!
- Tours: Guided tours year-round, see website for info & tickets.
- Hunger Games Tours: Special film location tours on select dates. Go to their website for info & tickets.
- Weddings/Special Events: Have a one-of-a-kind wedding in this historic ghost town!
New for 2021: Vacation Rental
- Stay in the newly renovated 1905 mill house with pieces, fixtures, and details that reflect the era.
- The house is divided into 2 units that each include a queen bed, two twin beds, a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, and 2 full bathrooms.
- Rental of both units on the same dates allow for full house occupancy by guests. Go to their website for more.
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Calvin Reyes and his family purchased the 72-acre village in fall 2017. They plan to continue converting the homes into vacation rentals and will open a restaurant in the former store. He loves to share the history of the village with visitors. We are lucky that he is saving not only the buildings but also the stories of residents that lived and worked there. Items found in the homes are being collected for the on-site museum in house 16, the home of heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.
Directions: Henry River is about 75 miles east of Asheville. Take I-40 East to Exit 119. Turn right and head south about a half-mile. GPS Address: 4255 Henry River Road, Hickory. Near the town of Valdese.
Henry River History
The Henry River Mill Village (or “District 12”) was built as a planned community with its own textile mill, dam, water and fire-protection systems, and company store. Today most of the village’s original buildings remain sited along a small gorge of the Henry River. The abandoned homes are dangerous inside due to collapsing floors. Stay on the main road since the area is closed to visitors except for events and Saturday visits.
In 1904 Michael Erastus Rudisill laid out the mill and village on a 1500-acre tract, chosen for its hydropower potential. The mill was incorporated as the Henry River Manufacturing Company and manufactured fine cotton yarns. In 1905, a 30-ft. reinforced concrete dam was constructed with a three-story brick mill building. The residential area of the village consisted of approximately 35 small worker’s cottages. Twenty are standing today. The workers lived in boarding houses or workers’ cottages built by the company, which were leased at nominal fees.
Since the loss of the main mill building, the centerpiece of the village today is the two-story brick company store building. This building served as a mill office with the upper floor used as a school room and for church services from 1907-1917. The Henry River Mill originally ran on water power. In 1914, a steam plant was installed and then in 1926, the mill was converted to electric power. In its early years, the mill operated 4,000 yarn-making spindles. By the time it shut down in the late 1960s, the mill had 12,000 spindles and produced fine combed yarn for lace. The mill was closed for several years and was purchased in 1976. Equipment and materials were stored in the mill building when it burned in 1977. Since then, the abandoned town has been slowly deteriorating. Fortunately, the new owners have great vision and plan to preserve as much of the village as possible.
The Hunger Games Film Locations
The Hunger Games takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia.
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Hunger Games – TRIAD BLACKHAWKS LACROSSE
The 14th Annual Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic will take place the first weekend in December 2023.
Hunger Games 2022
A NEW RECORD!
It’s official! The 26 teams who participated in last weekend’s Hunger Games contributed 11 tons of non-perishable food for those in need, breaking the 2019 record of 10.4 tons. SW Guilford donated approximately 4 tons themselves, winning their eighth consecutive food championship in the high school division. The Adult Hawks kept their 12-year winning streak alive by winning the adult division food championship. Kudos also to high school runners up East Forsyth and Orange HS, both of whom had their largest donations ever. In the adult division, Asheville LC and South Charlotte Adult Men finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively. East Forsyth, SW Guilford, Alamance Spartans, and Reagan continued their long streaks of annual participation in the event. Thank you to all participants
The Blackhawks annually host the Triad’s premier charity lacrosse event — the Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic, commonly referred to as the “Hunger Games” — on the weekend before Thanksgiving. Established in 2010, this event annually donates 3-5 tons of non-perishable food as well as several thousands of dollars of proceeds to local charities.
2020 HUNGER GAMES CANCELLED, BUT FOOD DRIVE SUCCEEDS!
Governor Cooper’s executive order of Monday, November 23, has forced us to cancel the 2020 Hunger Games, but the Food Drive held on Saturday, December 5 in Kernersville collected over 4 tons of non-perishable food. We are pleased to say that we have received generous donations to help offset the impact to our charities. If you wish to donate, please use the donate button below. Many thanks to the lacrosse community!
2019 HUNGER GAMES SMASHES RECORD!!!
Led by defending donated-food champions Grey Hawks (Adults) and SW Guilford (High School), approximately 500 lacrosse players from the Triad and throughout North Carolina donated over 10 tons of non-perishable food for those in need, more than doubling last year’s record. Hampered by unexpected heavy rains on Saturday, the ambitious goal of 10 tons in the 10th year of the event appeared initially out of reach, but the adult players on Saturday and the high school players on Sunday really stepped up to address this critical community need. 10 in 10!!!
2018 Hunger Games
November 18, 2018– With field conditions necessitating a first-time split of the event into two days, the 9th annual Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic collected 5 tons of non-perishable food, smashing the existing record for food collected by over 20%. In addition, net tournament proceeds are expected to approach $10,000, all of which will be distributed to local charities. The event attracted 14 high school teams and 8 adult teams, including teams from Charlotte, Raleigh, Jacksonville, Fayetteville as well as top teams such as NW Guilford, Page and Reagan from our local area. Congratulations to the Triad Adult Blackhawks and to Southwest Guilford for winning the food championship in the adult and high school divisions, respectively. For the Adult Hawks, this is their 3rd straight championship. SW Guilford has now won the championship in 4 of the last 5 years. Thank you Salvation Army for picking up and distributing the donated food. Thank you to our tournament director Hugh Fiery and our impressive corps of volunteers. The Triad lacrosse community is comprised of genuinely good and generous people, and that truly showed during this record-setting event! Thank you!
Registration for the 2018 Hunger Games remains OPEN at:
Individual High School Registration
Individual Adult Registration
2017 Hunger Games
The Deep River Renegades high school team — consisting mostly of Southwest Guilford players — won the award for most donated food at the 8th annual Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic on Saturday at Cash-Bagley Fields. This marks the third time in four years that a Southwest Guilford High School team has won this honor. In the adult division, the Adult Blackhawksdefended their food championship with a dominant show of generosity. East Forsyth High School and the Alamance War Dogs participated in their 8th straight charity event. Jack Britt High School (Village Vipers) participated in their 6th consecutive Hunger Games. The 8th Hunger Games featured 13 high school teams and 6 adult teams. Fayetteville entered two high school teams — a varsity and JV team from Jack Britt High School — and an adult team from Fort Bragg. Approximately 350 lacrosse players participated in the event under sunny skies in Kernersville, and generous donations from individuals and organizations pushed the net proceeds almost 30% higher than last year. All donated food was picked up and will be distributed to local food banks through First Christian Church Ministries.
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Attractions of the city of Greensboro (North Carolina, USA)
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North Carolina is the birthplace of country, blues and Cherokee Indians, now a fairly conservative and prosperous state in the northern part of the so-called South Atlantic states. It borders on the state of Virginia in the north and Tennessee in the west, and is washed by the Atlantic Ocean from the east. The capital of North Carolina is the “oak” city of Raleigh, famous for its dense and picturesque oak forests, the word “Raleigh” itself comes from the name of the English court adventurer Walter Raleigh, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth (if you are interested in their complex relationship, watch the film “The Golden Age”, where the role of the aforementioned Sir Raleigh was played by Clive Owen).
The word “Carolina” appeared in the 17th century – King Charles II named the state (later divided into two parts – South and North) in honor of his unfortunate father, King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland, deposed and executed during the English Revolution, that himself, whom the musketeers unsuccessfully tried to save in Dumas’s novel 20 Years Later.
According to legend, the nickname should be reminiscent of the bare feet of workers who cooked tar, whose bare heels were plastered with black tar all year round. However, this name is mostly used only in guidebooks for foreigners, and the inhabitants of North Carolina hardly identify themselves with tar, so this interesting fact has little practical use.
Major cities are Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington.
How to get there
If you decide to go to North Carolina not from Russia, but, say, from another state, keep in mind ferries and trains, although the best way, of course, is to come by car. If you arrive by plane, then the plan “to rent a car and move around the state already in it” will be the surest decision – the roads in North Carolina are always in excellent condition, caution does not hurt only on mountain roads in the winter season.
Weather in North Carolina
North Carolina Kitchen
If you try to characterize the specifics of the local cuisine in one word, this word will be “pork”. Ham, bacon, smoky or salted pork, lard… Traditional American barbecue, of course, is also made from pork meat. In North Carolina, only hooves remain of a pig – nothing is wasted. For example, a popular delicacy (it takes a certain amount of courage to taste it) is pork offal, essentially pig intestines, thoroughly washed, boiled and fried. The locals love it.
As for drinks, the local classic is tea with ice and sugar. That is, if you just ask for tea, you will be served sweet ice tea. If you want hot or unsweetened tea, be sure to specify it. Oddly enough, winemaking is actively developing in North Carolina, especially semi-sweet red wines, which, by the way, are very worthy. And another local product is the cherry-flavored soft drink Cheerwine, a real local legend, it has been produced here since 1917, be sure to try it!
Entertainment and attractions
North Carolina is quite interesting in terms of tourism – there is something to see and what to do. Thanks to such a diverse landscape and climate, you can practice both winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, skating, snowkiting, hockey) in the mountainous part of the state, and summer sports (swimming, surfing, kayaking, diving) in the coastal part. Well, the central part is traditional hiking, camping, cycling and hiking through the forests, excursions to waterfalls and, of course, golf – almost the national sport of North Carolina.
Many film companies are located here, large-scale film festivals are held, which attract thousands of tourists. For example, it was in North Carolina that the famous TV series Homeland was filmed, as well as the blockbusters Iron Man 3 and The Hunger Games. There is even a fan tour of the Hunger Games battlefields, which also includes dressing up in themed costumes and an archery master class. The fans should love it.
Panorama of Greensboro on the map for online viewing of the streets of the city. Traveling on an interactive map of Greensboro – street panoramas. Greensboro detailed map with search +weather discussed earlier. You move through the streets of the city in real time
Panoramic street photo of Greensboro
We look at the sights and city plan in the photo, what to see, pictures of the state of North Carolina (United States of America). You can zoom in or out on Greensboro street panoramas using the zoom +/- tool. The nearest settlement and surroundings nearby is Winston-Salem
A virtual tour of the streets of Greensboro and the roads of the area is up to you. Panoramic photos – pictures provide control using arrows on photo images from Google Maps – show interesting things in the world! Even easier – where you clicked with the mouse, you moved there. To now see in detail the location of the street. Medley St, Market St
Panorama shots of Greensboro North-Carolina and the state of North Carolina in the USA are available to everyone for an online tour without leaving your computer. They also work on mobile maps of cities and towns. You can take a virtual walk-excursion, move in real time along the roads of the region. Show your route with names and type of area, search nearby for shops and banks. View your house and a panoramic view of the suburbs on the diagram, search for places nearby, find out how to get there on foot or get to st.